Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says she will not contest a federal judge’s ruling that a citizenship question may not be on the ballot applications people will fill out at the polls in November.
“It’s too close to the election to keep up this fight,” Johnson says. “We need to make sure that we have everything in place so that we have a very smooth election, so that question we’re telling them not to put on their request form.”
Johnson does say there could be further legal action after the election. She says she also intends to press the federal government for naturalization records that would help her clear voter rolls of non-citizens.
“We would just like their help to make sure the non-citizens are taken off,” she says “But they’ve refused to help us in any way. So I will continue to push the federal government to get the non-citizens off the rolls.”
Johnson ordered the check box on ballot applications even after Governor Rick Snyder vetoed a bill to require it.
No one could be denied a ballot for refusing to check the box, but Johnson said it is useful to remind people that only U.S. citizens can vote.